Half-Bandaged Left Shoulder is a collection of brief lyric poems that pose questions about daily incarnations. Which bodies can be loved, and which must be hated? Is it possible for a transgender poet to celebrate dwelling in a body that is coercively gendered? How is grief embodied? What about love? Where inside me does history live? Can the world be my fingernail? To whom does my arm belong? Through the use of quiet rhythms, daily detail, and lyric sequences with underlying narratives, the poems of Half-Bandaged Left Shoulder establish the paradox of the body: pain, yet wonder.